You can get the forms free at the Franklin County District Court Civil Office, located on the main level of the courthouse. You need to fill out the forms as completely as possible, giving the Court written information about what has happened and why you need the court order. The clerk is not allowed to give legal advice. If you feel you need it, please contact an attorney.
You will need to know the respondent's first and last name, and an address where they can be served.
After you have completed your forms, you then will return them to the clerk.
You can return the forms on any Wednesday or Thursday at 8:30 am.
The respondent must be served with the papers you have filed along with the notice of the hearing. Service is very important and must occur before you can get your one-year Anti-harassment order. You may have law enforcement serve the respondent with these papers.
A full Anti-harassment order hearing date will be set before a judge. This hearing will be held within two weeks. At this hearing, both parties are given an opportunity to address the Court.
At the full Anti-harassment hearing, the Court will decide whether to sign your order and may make some changes. The order for Anti-harassment will generally last for a maximum of one year, but it could last longer if necessary.